Former Councilmember & First Female Mayor, Liz Bass, Passes

Former Councilmember, Liz Bass, passed away on Sunday, May 2nd at the age of 80. Liz served on the City Council from 1994 to 2002, until she won the race for District 1 Supervisor on the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors.

In a historic vote in 2000, Liz was elected Mayor for the City of Sonora. She was the first ever woman to be elected in the 150 year history of the City!  She served in that role until 2002.  Liz was instrumental in purchasing the old PG&E property on School Street that was later used for the current site of  the City Public Works Facility, high school parking lot and as an Education Center.

City Historian and former Finance Director, Pat Perry, stated “the thing I really appreciated about Liz was that she always tried to understand both sides of a situation before making a decision”.  “She really liked to have both sides of an issue at the table, to make sure there was no misunderstanding”. “Liz was Mayor when the City celebrated our sesquicentennial, in 2001 and really a wonderful person to work with”.

The City of Sonora offers our sincere condolences to Liz’s family and her children, Catherine and James.